Stone, Copperfield and Paltrow headline Cannes Lions

Rachael Micallef
By Rachael Micallef | 13 April 2016

Celebrities, including director Oliver Stone, magician David Copperfield and actress Gwyneth Paltrow have joined the speakers' list for this year's Cannes Lions in what it is calling its “biggest in history”.

The festival, which runs from 18-25 June, released its full content program across the main festival and specialist events; Lions Health, Lions Innovation and Lions Entertainment.

The line-up includes Stone speaking about politics and culture; Copperfield on the tension between authenticity and brand messaging; and Paltrow, who will be part of an in-depth Q&A with BBC Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur.

In addition, documentary maker Jennifer Siebel Newsom will talk about the changing views of masculinity; celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain will look at creating stories across the spectrum of human emotion; and Viceland co-president Spike Jonze will talk about creating content for young audiences.

Lions Entertainment, a new specialist event which focusses on creativity, features director Martin Campbell speaking about integrating brands into his work, including Bond films Golden Eye and Casino Royale.

It will also feature actors Channing Tatum and John Cena along with previously announced actress Mindy Kaling.

Lions Festival's CEO Philip Thomas says that when putting together its program, Cannes Lions aims to give people “inspirational learning that you can’t find anywhere else”.

“Importantly, we keep creativity at the heart, designing it to cross all touchpoints of creativity while offering insights into some of the most creative minds in the world,” Thomas says.

“With specialist events in health, innovation and entertainment, we can offer a program of speakers that brings the ever-growing ecosystem of creative communications together, allowing delegates to pick and choose content to create their own tailored program.”

The full program is available here.

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